Romantic Novelists' Association

May 2018 – New Releases

1 May 2018

Janet Gover: Marrying the Rebel Prince

Contemporary Romance


HQ Digital

26 April 2018

Fall in love with a royal this spring in Marrying the Rebel Prince

A prince who’s used to getting his way meets a woman who refuses to be charmed!

His Royal Highness Prince Nicolas Verbier d’Arennes has a reputation. His come-to-bed eyes, tousled hair and regal credentials make him one of the world’s most notorious bachelors.

Artist Lauren Phelps is painting the prince’s portrait and the prospect of spending hours gazing at a man so handsome it should be illegal is a bit daunting. Still, with her bright blue hair and outspoken opinions of His Royal Highness’s behaviour, Lauren knows there’s no danger of Nicolas using his infamous charms on her!

But what Lauren doesn’t know is that, if there’s anything the rebel prince enjoys, it’s flouting convention to meet a challenge…

Perfect for fans of happy-ever-afters and anyone counting down the days ’til Harry and Meghan say, ‘I do’.


Jane Lacey-Crane: Secrets and Tea at Rosie Lee’s

Contemporary Romance

Ebook and paperback

Aria Fiction

1 May 2018

Welcome to Rosie Lee’s cafe in the heart of the East End – where there’s not an avocado, slice of sour dough or double-shot no-foam soy milk caramel latte on the menu!

Rosie-Lee’s owner Abby is a woman without a plan….and her beloved little cafe is business with a serious lack of customers. The Rosie Lee’s fry-up is legendary, but cooked breakfasts alone – however perfectly sizzled the bacon – aren’t going to pay the bills.

Fast approaching forty and fighting a serious case of empty nest syndrome, Abby realises it’s not just her menu that needs a makeover. And when Jack Chance, her The One That got Away, saunters through the cafe doors and back into her life things look set to change… Abby has always believed a cup of strong builder’s tea makes everything better, but Jack’s reappearance is a complication even the trusty sausage sarnie can’t resolve….



Virginia Heath: A Warriner to Seduce Her

Historical Romance / Regency

Paperback and Ebook

Mills & Boon

1 May 2018

Sensible schoolmistress… Awakened by the notorious rake!

In this The Wild Warriner’s story, Schoolmistress Felicity Blunt feels old beyond her years and desperately dull. Meeting confirmed rake Jacob Warriner brings her gloriously alive, and yet no matter his allure she must remain immune to his obvious charms and unashamed flirtation. But is Jacob merely a mischievous scoundrel? Or is there much more to this Warriner than meets the eye?






Morton S. Gray: The Truth Lies Buried

Women’s Contemporary Fiction – Romantic Suspense


Choc Lit

1 May 2018

Two children in a police waiting room, two distressed mothers, a memory only half remembered … When Jenny Simpson returns to the seaside town of Borteen, her childhood home, it’s for a less than happy reason. But it’s also a chance for her to start again. A new job leads to her working for Carver Rodgers, a man who lives alone in a house that looks like it comes from the pages of a fairy tale – until you see the disaster zone inside … As Jenny gets to know Carver she begins to unravel the sadness that has led to his chaotic existence. Gradually they realise they have something in common that is impossible to ignore – and it all links back to a meeting at a police station many years before.

Could the truth lie just beneath their feet?





Francine Beaton: Taste for Coffee

Contemporary romance



1 May 2018

Never trust a man who doesn’t like coffee

Maybe Kirstine Brown – or Kirsty as her friends call her – should have heeded her grandfather’s advice before she let Iain Young get under his skin. From the first time the billionaire business man stood in the doorway of Joe’s Coffee House, she knew she was in trouble.

When property developer, Iain Young’s father passed away, he inherited more than just the majority share in Young’s Property Developers, he also inherited Cairistìne Court. The building is in the heart of Edinburgh’s Leith district, a prime development area, but there’s a stubborn tenant with a binding contract standing in the way of his plans. Looking for answers at Joe’s Coffee House to the confusing contract, Iain young finds more than he bargained for when he realizes that he’s falling for the wary, but feisty blonde barista, Kirsty.

Iain knows that he needs patience to win Kirsty over, but unfortunately, secrecy, like most things, can cause misunderstandings. Throw in an ex who wants him back, a greedy employee who does everything in his power to sabotage Kirsty, and Iain has his work cut out for him. Are his vast negotiating skills going to be enough to help him win Kirsty’s heart? Or is he going to be left with nothing but bittersweet memories?


Eunice Nascimento: Love by Chance

Contemporary Romance



1 May 2018

A kind deed can change your life in unexpected ways

Advertising copywriter Lidia Silva has deep scars in her heart. She is on a long break from relationships. So, when chance leads her to gorgeous firefighter Matt Watson and sparks start to fly, she musters the courage to suggest the only solution viable – a fling. But Matt hasn’t completely stuck to the rules and it isn’t long before their fling becomes an affair of the heart and Lidia’s left wondering if she can find the courage to take a chance on him.

Love by Chance is a contemporary, romantic novelette. It is the first book in the Felton Ridge Firefighter Series.




Nicola Pryce: The Cornish Dressmaker 


Paperback and ebook

Corvus Books

3 May 2018

The third sweeping novel in a stunning series of family sagas set in eighteenth-century Cornwall, following the trials of seamstress Elowyn Liddicot as she attempts to forge her own destiny.

Seamstress Elowyn Liddicot’s family believe they’ve secured the perfect future for her, in the arms of Nathan Cardew. But then one evening, Elowyn helps to rescue a dying man from the sea, and everything changes. William Cotterell, wild and self-assured, refuses to leave her thoughts or her side – but surely, she can’t love someone so unlike herself?

With Elowyn’s dressmaking business suddenly under threat, her family’s pressure to marry Nathan increasing, and her heart decidedly at odds with her head, Elowyn doesn’t know who to trust any more. And when William uncovers a sinister conspiracy that affects her whole world, can Elowyn find the courage to support the people she loves in the face of all opposition?



Janice Preston: Lady Cecily and the Mysterious Mr Gray

Historical romance

Paperback and ebook

Mills & Boon

3 May 2018

Love or family…

How can she choose between them?

Lady Cecily Beauchamp has always put her family first. Until she falls under the spell of the mysterious Zachary Gray—a man of Romany descent. Knowing her family will forbid their match, Cecily steels herself to do her duty and marry someone else. Only she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Zach as the spark between them ignites a passion neither can deny!








Elaine Everest: Wartime at Woolworths

WW2 Saga

Paperback and Ebook

Pan Macmillan

3 May 2018

The Woolworths girls have come a long way together . . .

Fun loving Maisie, is devoted to her young family and her work at Woolworths. But her happy life with her RAF officer husband, their baby daughter leads her to think of the family she left behind. With the war now into its fourth year, what will she find when she sets about searching for them?

Sarah and her husband, Alan, are blissfully happy and long for a sibling for their daughter. But dark days lay ahead for this close family. Freda heads home to Birmingham, to go in search of her family, back to the life she fled – far from the safety of Woolworths and her new friends.

With families separated by war, will the Woolworths girls be able to pull together?

Wartime at Woolworths is the fourth moving instalment in the much-loved Woolworths series.


Jill Barry: New Love for Old

Contemporary Romance

People’s Friend Pocket Novel

D C Thomson

3 May 2018

Sarah travels to Kirlaig where her grandmother, Cathy, worked as a hotel receptionist in the 1960s, until an unfortunate love affair brought her back home. Fate seems determined to throw local medic Rory and Sarah together while she seeks out her grandma’s old friend and tries to unravel events still haunting Cathy. But Rory’s own unyielding grandma can’t forgive and forget and while Sarah falls in love with the gorgeous GP as well as the stunning scenery, the couple’s relationship is shadowed by the past. Is Cathy the only one able to put matters right? This is a story of love, courage and the power of sticky date loaf.






Carol Townend: The Knight’s Forbidden Princess

Medieval Romance

Paperback and Ebook

Mills & Boon

5 May 2018

A princess captive in the tower…

A Spanish knight who can set her free!

Princess Leonor can’t escape her tyrannical Sultan father. For Spanish knight Count Rodrigo her innocence and her beauty tug at his sense of honour. His will lay down his life to protect her…  but the risks are great: she is the daughter of his sworn enemy!








Tanith Davenport: Watch the Skies

Erotic romance



5 May 2018

Alien hunter Aster is frustrated in more ways than one. Her team haven’t had a proper encounter in months, and her cute teammate Wade is never going to see her that way – and no other man would let a woman like Aster take charge in a relationship anyway. Until one night, out in the woods, when the team are engulfed in a white light – and overwhelmed with desire like they’ve never known. Suddenly Aster sees a new side to Wade, one that will let her give her alpha tendencies free rein… But as the creatures they met return again and again, Aster begins to wonder what they really want – to see her and Wade together, or something more sinister?






Samantha Tonge: One Summer in Rome

Romantic Comedy


HQDigital, HarperCollins

9 May 2018

Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget. Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love with the bustling capital! Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…







Merryn Allingham: House of Lies

Historical time slip


The Verrall Press

10 May 2018

How do you survive when your world falls to pieces? When Megan Lacey’s lover dies in a car accident, she retreats to a small coastal town certain, she will never recover from his loss. Until, that is, she discovers everything she’d thought real has been an illusion.

Grappling with a series of catastrophic events, Megan finds herself walking back into the past to an older story of love and betrayal.

Slowly and irrevocably, she is drawn to Sophia, a Victorian woman who once occupied the same cottage and who, in so many ways, is her counterpart. But centuries later, can she help the woman escape her fate? And can the past help Megan herself find happiness?





Jeevani Charika: A Royal Wedding

Contemporary Romance


Bonnier Zaffre

10 May 2018

Campaigner, feminist, doctor, humanitarian – all words that Kumari would use to describe herself. Potential princess? Not even in her vocabulary. But when Kumari’s charity work catapults her into the limelight and brings her to the attention of Prince Benedict – playboy prince and sixth in line to the British throne – all bets are off. Royal party boy, charming rogue, England’s most eligible bachelor – Prince Benedict is all those things. Or at least he was. These days he’s taking life more seriously, following in his mother’s footsteps and focusing on charitable causes. When he meets Kumari the attraction between them is instant. But, according to the press, Prince Benedict might just have found the most unsuitable bride. Will love win the day? If you can’t wait to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding, we think you’ll love this gorgeous modern fairy tale.




Donna Ashcroft: Summer at the Castle Cafe

Romantic comedy

Ebook and POD


11 May 2018

Summer at the Castle Café follows the story of Alice Appleton, who escapes to the gorgeous seaside town of Castle Cove for a change of scenery. There she meets Jay O’Donnell, a volunteer on the local lifeboats, who is haunted by a tragedy from his past. He’s on a mission to save as many people as possible, but when Alice Appleton walks into his life he realises that perhaps it might just be his turn to be rescued …








Mary Jayne Baker, Sophie Claire, Jacqui Cooper, Helena Fairfax, Kate Field, Melinda Hammond, Marie Laval, Helen Pollard, Angela Wren: Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings

Romance/short stories (anthology)

Ebook and paperback


18 May 2018

Miss Moonshine’s Wonderful Emporium has stood in the pretty Yorkshire town of Haven Bridge for as long as anyone can remember. With her ever-changing stock, Miss Moonshine has a rare gift for providing exactly what her customers need: a fire opal necklace that provides a glimpse of a different life; a novel whose phantom doodler casts a spell over the reader; a music box whose song links love affairs across the generations. One thing is for certain: after visiting Miss Moonshine’s quirky shop, life is never the same again…

Nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have joined together to create this collection of uplifting stories guaranteed to warm your heart. This intriguing mix of historical and contemporary romances will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the happy-ever-after.




Freda Lightfoot: Girls of the Great War

Historical Fiction

Ebook and Print on Demand

Lake Union

22 May 2018

Cecily Hanson longs to leave the shadow of her overbearing mother and marry her childhood sweetheart once he returns from the Great War. But when her fiancé is lost at sea, this future is shattered. Looking for meaning again, she decides to perform for the troops in France. Life on the front line is both rewarding and terrifying, and Cecily soon finds herself in more danger than she ever thought possible. Her sister, Merryn, has fallen for a young drummer whose charm hides a dark side, while their mother, Queenie—a faded star of the stage tormented by her own secret heartache—seems set on a path of self-destruction. As the war draws to a close and their hopes turn once again to the future, Cecily and Merryn are more determined to unravel the truth about their mother’s past: what has she been hiding from them—and why?



Christine Stovell: Moonbeams In a Jar

Contemporary Romance


Choc Lit

22 May 2018

When Chloe Potter wishes on a star that she’ll find a man who’ll accept her and her noisy dachshund Wilma, she doesn’t think that she’ll bump into one quite so soon 

So, when she meets larger than life, ruggedly handsome Ryan Green and his beloved boisterous basset hound, Fred, it ought to be a match made in heaven. But Chloe soon finds that trying to tie a man like Ryan down is like trying to catch moonbeams in a jar. Ryan’s job as a photographer means that when he’s not in the middle of a war zone, he’s trying to catch just the right light at the top of Mount Snowdon. Chloe wants stability and when it becomes clear that Ryan will always put his job first, she knows she has to move on. But then a once-in-a-lifetime trip unexpectedly brings them together once again …




Julie Caplin: The Little Brooklyn Bakery

Romantic Comedy



25 May 2018

When heartbroken Sophie Bennings arrives in New York, she throws herself into her work as a food editor on a magazine. Like the gorgeous goodies displayed in the bakery below her Brooklyn apartment, Todd McLennan is far too tempting and probably just as bad for her. But staying away from him is easier said than done.







Lesley Field: Saunders-Lies and Deception.

Contemporary romance/family saga

MuseItUp Publishing


29 May 2018

Sarah had everything, a handsome loving husband, a young son, until it was all snatched away. Defeated by outside forces, she made a new life for herself. But never forgot the life she once had. Risking everything she returned to Canada and crept back into Banff like a thief in the night. The last person Jeff thought to see was Sarah, but walking down the aisle at his son’s wedding, he saw the one person he had never expected to see again. When his eyes met hers shock quickly turned to anger. Tracking her down, he had one question. Why? The answer wasn’t what he expected, nor one he could believe. Or could he?

He was everything she once wanted, and he gave her everything she needed. Except one thing, trust. Could she believe what he said now? Could she risk being hurt again?

Can lies and deception be overcome?



Heidi Swain: Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square 

Commercial fiction

Paperback, ebook and audio

Simon and Schuster

31 May 2018

Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband who is determined to have her back, and she has found the perfect place to hide… a little cottage on Nightingale Square in Norwich, far away from her old life in London. But the residents of Nightingale Square don’t take no for an answer, and Kate soon finds herself pulled into a friendship with Lisa, her bossy but lovely new neighbour. Within a matter of days Kate is landed with the job of campaigning the council to turn the green into a community garden, meanwhile all the residents of Nightingale Square are horrified to discover that the Victorian mansion house on the other side of the square has been bought by developers. But when all hope is lost, the arrival of a handsome stranger is sure to turn things around!





Emma Cooper: The Songs of Us

Contemporary Women’s Fiction


Headline Review

31 May 2018

If Melody hadn’t run out of de-icer that day, she would never have slipped and banged her head. She wouldn’t be left with a condition that makes her sing when she’s nervous. And she definitely wouldn’t have belted out the Arctic Monkeys’ ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ in assembly at her son’s school. If Dev hadn’t taken the kids to the zoo that day, then the accident wouldn’t have happened. He wouldn’t have left Flynn and Rose without a dad. Or shattered the love of his life’s heart. But if they hadn’t seen the missing person report that day, they might never have taken the trip to Cornwall. And, in the last place they expected, discovered what it really means to be ‘Us’.






Charlotte Betts: The Palace of Lost Dreams

Romantic Historical Fiction

Kindle, paperback, audio book


31 May 2018

Beatrice Sinclair, a grieving young widow facing financial destitution, has travelled from Hampshire to Hyderabad to visit her brother, an employee of the British East India Company. There, she is astonished to discover that he has married a beautiful Indian girl and lives with his wife’s extended family in a dilapidated palace, the Jahanara Mahal – famed for the theft of a fabled diamond many years ago. As an outsider in an unfamiliar world, Bee faces many challenges – not least of all building a new and meaningful life after the heartbreak she has endured. Meanwhile the French and British forces become locked in a battle over India’s riches, and matters are complicated further by the presence of the dashing Harry Wyndam: a maverick ex-soldier and suspected spy. With rebellion in the air, Bee must decide where her loyalties lie . . .




Christina Garbutt: Mystery at Morwenna Bay


D. C. Thomson

31 May 2018

When Ellie Potts visits rural Wales she’s expecting a quiet month helping her grandmother convalesce, but she should have known better. Gran is hot on the trail of some local thieves who are causing chaos in the community and she wants Ellie’s help to catch them. Ellie is quickly drawn into the investigation and, with the help of Gran’s gorgeous farmer neighbour Tom, she starts to unravel the case. But will the truth hurt more than the thefts? And what will Ellie find out about herself?